Published at Wednesday, October 04th 2017. by Lamontagne in Patio Doors.
An alternative solution is to order patio doors with integral horizontal blinds, factory sealed inside the double-glazing cavity. Proven to be reliable, the blinds can be operated via a magnet system (there is an alternative electronic option) that enables the slats to be easily angled to control the amount of light filtering through and can also raise and lower the blinds for maximum light or shade. A major advantage of opting for internally sealed blinds rather than separate blinds is that they are totally maintenance-free - no arduous dusting or cleaning - and because the blinds are encapsulated inside the glazed panels, they are exceptionally difficult to break.
Arguably, French doors could be considered as retractable as each door can be pulled back. The advantage of retractable doors is that maximum access is possible between the two sides of the aperture whereas sliding panel doors generally overlap unless built to retract into a recess.
Traditional patio doors are made of wooden frames. Wood is certainly an elegant frame for a door. The main drawback those with wooden frames is cost. Arguably, these doors are a lot cheaper than wooden ones. In terms of durability, aluminum beats wood. With a high tensile strength, aluminum is made to last a lifetime. It does not easily get scratched by cats or dogs like wood does; aluminum is virtually scratch-free if taken cared of properly. Longevity of aluminum cannot be questioned, too. Compared to wood, aluminum does not suffer from rot. Nor would it easily corrode. Pound for pound, aluminum doors to your patio outmatch wooden ones where toughness is concerned.
Generally, timber frames are considered more traditional and can look beautiful! Hard wood such as oak is, as the name suggests, far more hard-wearing than a soft wood such as pine. Weather, especially strong sun, can take its toll on timber frames which could need to be varnished or painted annually. Wooden frames can swell and shrink with humidity, therefore opening and closing doors can require force and gaps can allow draughts in colder temperatures.
And that is not all. Aside from giving houses with excellent exteriors, patio doors make the interior look elegant as well. Why? Because they are nearly made of glass and allow natural light to easily pass through them. Interiors with insufficient lighting look gloomy or dull. But with enough sunlight pouring in, the beauty interiors are greatly emphasized. So, they allow your home to look great not just on the outside but on the inside as well.
Cutting costs for home improvement is at the top of all homeowners lists because it makes the appearance of the house look better, it can increase the property value, and it provides a job to do around the home. Replacing patio doors is one of these projects that can be undertaken when the old ones get too beat up. A good patio door can be bought cheaply and installed at no extra cost by a homeowner. The very first step to getting a new patio is door is measuring the dimensions of the doorway. This will allow any door purchased to fill the space correctly. The price of not having the correct size door include lost time, paying for extra materials, and even energy being lost because of poor insulation qualities. Be sure to get the most accurate measurements and keep them close when purchasing a new door.